From the Back Cover
For generations, quilts have both preserved history and furthered artistic innovation, leading to personal and creative discoveries that have changed lives. Quilts in the Attic showcases 30 stories of great quilt discoveries—including masterpiece quilts, fascinating finds, and family heirlooms. From unearthing breathtaking quilts at summer flea markets to finding Grandma’s priceless heirloom quilt hidden away in a box, the stories in this book are both heartwarming and thrilling.
Through these tales, we learn about Jewish life in South Carolina in the early 1850s and a slave named Rinah, we delve into the 1933 World’s Fair Sears National Quilt Contest, and we travel to France and a twelfth-century castle to track down a unique quilted bed set. The memories shared here show the basic drive in the human spirit to create something that carries purpose and meaning, and they shed light on the works of well-known quiltmakers like Mary Lee Bendolph from Gee’s Bend, Marie Webster, and Ruby Short McKim.
Though the makers of the quilts probably did not set out to touch our feelings, longings, and lives, there is something universal in their experiences. Featuring stories from everyday stitchers and well-known quilters alike, Quilts in the Attic uncovers the mystery and meaning of the quilts we love.
About the Author
Karen Musgrave is a quiltmaker, mask maker, teacher, speaker, writer, and curator. For more than ten years, she has been forging a connection between American quiltmaking and other cultures. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in many private collections. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.